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News, The Snitch Exotic Dancers Host Annual Toy Drive for Kids in Need

Exotic Dancers Host Annual Toy Drive for Kids in Need

The days are shorter, the wind is nippier, the reindeer and Christmas lights are popping up in window displays along Powell Street. And over at the Penthouse Club in North Beach, a small chorus line of exotic dancers are preparing…
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News, The Snitch How Effective Is Mayor Ed Lee's Anti-Fireworks Message? We Ask a Rhetoric Professor.

How Effective Is Mayor Ed Lee's Anti-Fireworks Message? We Ask a Rhetoric Professor.

Stanford Rhetorician Dissects Mayor's Flaccid Anti-Fireworks "Statement"One of the sad features of modern political life is the proliferation of "statements" written in language that no human would ever use -- and no human would ever wish to read.For some strange…
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News, The Snitch Do We Know How Many Spare Fire Rigs S.F. Has? Maybe. Will We Be Getting Money For Any More? Don't Count On It.

Do We Know How Many Spare Fire Rigs S.F. Has? Maybe. Will We Be Getting Money For Any More? Don't Count On It.

Fire rigs are big, red, and noisy. You'd think that counting them would be a task roughly as difficult as tracking a bleeding elephant in the snow. Well, you'd be wrong. Last week, SF Weekly broke the story that,…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Fire Chief Defends Decision to Not Send Strike Team to SoCal Blaze -- Blames Firefighter Salaries, Benefits for Burning Through Too Much of Her Budget to Afford Equipment

S.F. Fire Chief Defends Decision to Not Send Strike Team to SoCal Blaze -- Blames Firefighter Salaries, Benefits for Burning Through Too Much of Her Budget to Afford Equipment

Yesterday we reported that, despite the State Office of Emergency Services' pleas to California counties to send five-engine "strike teams" to battle the ongoing Los Angeles-area conflagration, the San Francisco Fire Department declined to do so. Both Fire Chief Joanne…
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News, The Snitch Burned: San Francisco Spurns State's Plea to Send Fire Strike Team to Battle SoCal Blaze

Burned: San Francisco Spurns State's Plea to Send Fire Strike Team to Battle SoCal Blaze

While much of Southern California is currently blazing away like an old Christmas tree, we've got a little bit of a fire going on up here in San Francisco, too. It's a four-alarm blaze under John Hanley's collar. The head…
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Despite firefighters' scare tactics, city unlikely to burn to the ground because of proposed cuts

It was more than a century ago, but the horrors of the 1906 earthquake and fire aren't buried very deep in our collective subconscious. But those in need of a reminder need look no further than the home page of…
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News, The Snitch Angry Neighbor to SF Fire Fighters: Turn That Racket Down

Angry Neighbor to SF Fire Fighters: Turn That Racket Down

Consarnit, you kids, always driving your fire trucks up and down the street! Saving people, and making a big to-do about it! Blowing your horns, blasting your air sirens, saying ‘Look at me!’ From today’s Chronicle:…a large group of citizens…
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News, Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke

At the Bayview office of the Black Firefighter's Association, history hangs on the walls. There are news clippings about significant legal victories and portraits of proud African-American officers, reminders of the decades the group spent battling to give minorities their…
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